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200 million children are child laborers


In our study of Labor Day and the hard working men and women who make our country what it is today, we have to realize it hasn’t always been great conditions for workers.

The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City. A Labor Day parade of about 10,000 workers, took unpaid leave and marched from City Hall past Union Square uptown to 42nd street and ended in Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and 9th Avenue for a concert, speeches, and a picnic.

It was also mentioned this month that your “job” as a student is to study well in school and learn. But that also means take time to “play,” “pretend” and let your imagination run wild. Have you ever had a crazy idea, and then realized someone saw it come true? Just like landing on that big beautiful moon we see at night. Several people put those imaginations to work and did it!

Some children aren’t as fortunate and have to go to work instead of school. Here’s some facts found on a Labor Day website.

“More than 200 million children today are child laborers. And 73 million of these children are below 10 years old. The highest number of child laborers is in sub Saharan Africa.

The Monthly Labor Review posted a photo of boys working, one didn’t have on shoes. We can be very thankful there are rules in place to protect students in the United States and allow you to “be a kid.” Make sure you take advantage of your opportunity to learn, play, and pretend. Remember, for now … it’s your “job!”


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